9 hours of sleep are key to dogs' happiness & health: Let them nap the day away

9 hours of sleep are key to dogs' happiness & health: Let them nap the day away

TWO-THIRDS of dog owners let their pooch share their bed while one in 10 canines find snoozing in a washing basket perfect for a nap.

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Man's best friends also like a good slumber, sleeping for around nine hours each day, say their human housemates.

This is key to the animals' happiness, Dr Helen Whiteside, head of research at Guide Dogs, which commissioned the study, has revealed.

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She said: "Sleep is incredibly important for a dog's mental wellbeing. It plays a significant role in learning and memory.Get the latest three-day weather forecast where you live. Find out by adding your postcode or visit InYourArea

"We're a nation of dog lovers and our pets are part of our family.

"It's important for your dog to have a quiet space to sleep in."

Rescue dogs live together in an alternative kennel

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The most common sleeping position for dogs is curled up (71 percent), while 57 percent lie on their back with legs in the air.

And 41 percent of dogs kick up a stink – by waking themselves up after breaking wind.

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Forty-five percent of pet owners say they occasionally (or frequently) buy presents for their animals.

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